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Reverse Light Bulb Replacement

When you’re reversing out of your driveway, car park or parallel parking in general, it’s good to know what you’re doing. Better yet, it’s good for everyone else to have a clue too! Reversing lights let the world know that you’re having a go.

Like any other lighting instrument in your car, it has a life expectancy and the bulb will fail eventually. When it does, it’s good to replace it and keep your car safer on the road. 

Also it’s a legal requirement in New Zealand to have ‘reversing lamps’, so avoid a fine and a rear ending and replace them when the time comes.

What is a reversing light bulb? 

Typically it is a 12V 5A clear white/yellow LED or HID light. Mounted in the same area as the brake lights and you typically have two of them. One on each side of the car.

Why do you need a reversing light bulb? 

To let everyone else know that you’re backing up and not going forward. This is an important part of driving and in most circumstances if you back into someone then you are liable for damages. 

As mentioned above it is also a legal requirement that it operates brightly and clearly, when in reverse.

What symptoms mean you need to replace a reverse light bulb? 

  • When the car is in reverse the reverse lights do not turn on
  • The light works intermittently or is very dull
  • A warning light may appear on the dashboard indicating that it needs replacing 

How to replace a reverse light bulb

  • Remove the covering or lens around the light assembly
  • Unscrew or unclip the reverse light bulb
  • Fit new bulb
  • Test reverse light
  • Refit coverings or lens  

How much does a reverse light bulb replacement cost?

It’s a pretty easy job as long as it’s just the bulb that needs replacing. 

Expect a bill in the $10 - $45 range.

If there is a problem with the wiring or assembly, it could be higher.

How often do I need to replace my reverse light bulb?

Only when it fails or isn’t doing its job as it should 

Is a broken reverse light bulb unsafe?

For your car and other drivers. If they don’t know you’re going back then this could lead to accidents. 

Potentially big insurance headaches can be avoided by simply replacing the bulb when it’s needed


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